Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Review
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Konica Minolta Dynax 5D SLR review
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Written by Dennis Hissink
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Dynax 5D / Maxxum 5D - Introduction
We have had the opportunity to get our hands on a pre-production sample of the new Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR camera, in America named as Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D. The new model is the result of the popular Dynax 7D model that stands for advanced technology and high performance. The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is the little brother that will continue the story of the first Konica Minolta digital SLR camera that was introduced last year.

The Dynax 5D will offer greater ease of use, but this time packed in an even smaller and lighter design. And indeed, the new Konica Minolta Dynax 5D we have in our hands is lighter and more compact than its big brother. Not long after the Dynax 7D was introduced readers around the world were almost demanding an entry-level model. Today, Konica Minolta fulfils the world-wide demand by introducing the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers ease of use packed in a compact, modern design
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers ease of use packed in a compact, modern design
Anti-Shake technology
Packed with high quality features
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Anti-Shake technology Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Packed with high quality features
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Anti-Shake technology
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Packed with high quality features
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is equipped with Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology, a function that gives the camera an impressive advantage towards its competitors. Anti-Shake technology ensures excellent photo quality by compensating blurring caused by camera shake, even when you take photos in dimly lit scenes. But also in natural light in combination with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability and small apertures are vital for a razor sharp image, Anti-Shake technology does the job every time. When the Anti-Shake system is active, the Anti-Shake scale in the viewfinder glows. This scale gives you an indication about the degree of stabilization; the greater the scale is displayed, the more unstable the photo. The end-result is wonderful sharp images and this technology is a true gift for every-one who is a fan of taking photos with telephoto lenses or as said before making macro shots. But also during ordinary scenes the Anti-Shake technology always has a positive effect on the image quality. A technique so easy to use, once working with it you never want to return to the old situation!
The Dynax 5D has a 6.1 Megapixel (effective) CCD image sensor, features an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta's CxProcess III image processing technology. The back of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR is covered by a large 2.5-inch LCD display offering a better view of stored images, and ease of use of the camera's menu. The large display makes navigation comfortable and displays detailed camera settings as well as captured images better. Perfect for the entry-level photographer, but also handy for the amateur photographer is the Digital Subject Program Selector which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image-processing program for five common used photos scenes. For more control the Dynax 5D digital SLR camera offers a range of functions that allow precision adjustments of all camera settings making the camera all-round. Though judged on a pre-production model we can conclude the ease of use and simple operation of the camera making it an ideal digital SLR camera for novices or digital compact camera upgraders!
Diopter Battery installment Take a closer look
Konica Minolta 5D Diopter Konica Minolta 5D Battery installment Konica Minolta 5D Take a closer look
Konica Minolta 5D Diopter Konica Minolta 5D Battery installment Konica Minolta 5D Take a closer look
The viewfinder has a built-in diopter that can be adjusted. While looking through the viewfinder, simply turn the diopter adjustment wheel right from the viewfinder until the focus frame is sharp. At this moment we are not sure whether the optional Eyepiece Corrector will also fit on the new Dynax 5D, but if so the adjustable scale of sharpness could extend.
The grip of the Dynax 5D is also the place where you will insert the battery. The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR camera uses one NP-400 Lithium-ion battery. Before inserting, you should turn off the camera. Open the chamber of the battery by opening the door. The lid is made of high-quality material and feels solid. You may insert the battery by pushing it into the compartment until the battery latch clicks,. Close the door and you are ready to go... Of course charge it first!
If you want to view an image even closer, the image can be enlarged. The maximum magnification depends on the image size from 2.4x till 4.7x for large images. On the back of the camera you find an enlarge button, just push it and choose the enlargements. Use the front control dial to browse through the images and scroll through the magnified area by using the four-way keys of the controller on the back of the camera.
Program - P Exposure lock
Konica Minolta 5D Exposure lock Dennis Hissink LetsGoDigital Online Magazine
Konica Minolta 5D Program-P
Editor's comment:
"Konica Minolta introduced themselves on the digital SLR market with the introduction of the Dynax 7D camera. With the launch of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR a new and very large market will be able to get to know the way Konica Minolta means digital SLR. I am very enthusiastic about the fact that another (well respected) brand is offering an entry-level digital SLR. I am anxious to learn what this will mean for the competition..."
Konica Minolta 5D Exposure lock
Konica Minolta 5D Program-P
This button locks the automatic exposure without activating the autofocus system. This function allows the exposure to be set by a reference target outside the scene. The operation of the AE lock button can be adjusted by changing the setting in the menu. In the viewfinder you will find extra information about the value of the metered area whether it is over or under exposed.
Besides Auto exposure we also find the Program - P exposure on the Dynax 5D. This mode controls both the shutter speed and aperture, but unlike the Auto mode it does not reset to factory defaults when the exposure mode dial is changed. The Program - P mode allows adjustments to the shutter speed/aperture combination in 1/3 EV.
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